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Hygge Hot Cocoa

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Makes: 1 Mug | Total Time: 5 Minutes

hyg·ge

/ˈh(y)o͞oɡə/

(noun)

A quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture): “Why not follow the Danish example and bring more hygge into your daily life?”

Wisconsin Winter Beauty In Manitowoc County 2020

Hygge is a lifestyle that I have embraced as far back as I can remember, and that was way (waaaaaaay) before it became a ‘thing’ here in America.

I grew up in a house filled with hygge; both my parents were fond of cozy fireplaces, kerosine lanterns (even if the power wasn’t out), incense, potpourri, warm quilts and the perfect hot chocolate. Hot chocolate with milk was a favorite, especially after a day spent outside playing in the snow. (And yes, I’ve had frostbite – twice!)

I guess you can say that hygge is in my blood. I am of Danish descent (half of me is, anyway, the other half is German). My father’s ancestors came from Copenhagen – one was, in fact, a head chef for the king in the early part of the 20th century.

I guess you can see where I get the culinary gene from!

Back to the hygge thing…

We have been living in our new (old) place in the country for 4 months now, so the only season we have experienced here so far is winter. I must admit that winter is a very pretty time of year, you just gotta look for the beauty!

Birds In Wisconsin Wonderland

With that said, the high here tomorrow won’t get above zero (without the wind chill). To get an idea of the kind of winds we get around here (thank you, Lake Michigan), check out the snow blowing wildly off the trees in the video I had so much fun making for you – (Pssst! All of you southerners can live vicariously through it!)

Doing any kind of work outside when the temps drop this far down can be dangerous, so you gotta move real fast – it is the only way to keep a body’s temperature up. (Those drifts in the driveway need to be cleared every few hours when we have 40 mph gusts, you know.)

When I am out there in that blustery tundra, I can’t help but notice the colors of the sky, trees, and snow. White has many shades, as does gray. At the risk of getting hypothermia, I still do stop for a moment or two to take it all in. Being outside is part of the hygge – because it makes the inside seem so much warmer!

The best part about these long, cold Wisconsin winters? Coming in out of the cold and having a mug of Hygge Hot Cocoa. You can make your own hot chocolate recipe at home. (Why drive to the store to buy hot cocoa when the roads are covered with ice?) In fact, you probably already have the ingredients for homemade hot chocolate in your pantry. Make your hot chocolate from scratch with my Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix recipe – it’s easy and only takes 5 minutes. Then all you have to do is add hot milk (or water), brandy, the warm brightness of orange and the soothing floral of lavender. 

Now that you’ve made the perfect hot chocolate, you can go on to create your own hygge experience; warm blankets, scented candles, rich colors, incense, taxidermy… 

However you hygge, you’ll be glad to have this Hygge Hot Cocoa recipe in your arsenal.


Hygge Hot Cocoa

Total Time: 5 Minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4-5 tablespoons hot cocoa mix
  • 1 cup hot milk, hot water, or a combination of both (I prefer whole milk)
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 2 drops orange essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil
  • whipped cream, for topping (optional)
  • chai tea latte mix, for garnish (optional)

RECIPE DIRECTIONS:

1. Add 4-5 tablespoons homemade hot cocoa mix to a heat-proof mug.

2. Add 1 cup of steaming water, milk, or a combination of water and milk. (I only use hot whole milk at night as it makes me drowsy!) Whisk until all of the powder is dissolved.

Make Hot Chocolate From Scratch

3. Add the brandy and whisk, then add the essential oils and whisk again. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of chai tea latte powder.

Homemade Hot Chocolate

4. Bring your Hygge Hot Cocoa to the bubble bath and relax!

How To Hygge

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Hygge Hot Cocoa

Need some hot cocoa ideas? Here is the perfect hot chocolate recipe that I guarantee you've never had before!
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1 Mug

Ingredients
  

  • 4-5 tbsp hot cocoa mix
  • 1 cup hot milk hot water, or a combination of both (I prefer whole milk)
  • 2 tbsp brandy
  • 2 drops orange essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil
  • whipped cream for topping, optional
  • chai tea latte mix for garnish, optional

Instructions
 

  • Add 4-5 tablespoons homemade hot cocoa mix to a heat-proof mug.
  • dd 1 cup of steaming water, milk, or a combination of water and milk. (I only use hot whole milk at night as it makes me drowsy!) Whisk until all of the powder is dissolved.
  • Add the brandy and whisk, then add the essential oils and whisk again. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of chai tea latte powder.
  • ring your Hygge Hot Cocoa to the bubble bath and relax!
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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

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Serves: 6-8 | Total Time: 5 Minutes

I love winter in Wisconsin, even if it can drag on for what seems like half the year.

Well, if you judge a season by the weather, winter here IS half the year! If we get snow in October and it doesn’t melt until April, that is 6 months. There are years where the cold and ice can linger even longer…. so you gotta just make the best of it.

Like an excuse to have homemade hot chocolate. (Do we need an excuse?)

Having homemade instant hot cocoa powder in the house is a must when living in the Wisconsin countryside. Getting out to the store may not always be easy (those slippery roads, you know), nor may it be fun if the wind is blowing the single digit temps below zero. If it takes longer to warm up your car than it does to drive to the store… it’s probably better to stay home, right?

Around here, it isn’t just a question of “got milk?” We also ask, “got hot cocoa mix?” Even better is “got homemade hot cocoa mix in a jar?” Let’s face it, weird ingredients have no place our mugs, and preservatives are not needed for something made entirely of dry ingredients. (Imagine that!)

You can store this homemade instant cocoa mix in an airtight jar for weeks, or even months. If you don’t have chai tea latte powder on hand, you want to go and get some because that little addition makes all the difference for this recipe – it dials up the flavor from simply standard to oh, YEAH! (If you can’t find it at your local grocery store, it is easy enough to order online.) Plus, the flavor really goes well in my Hygge Hot Cocoa recipe (complete with a video with some of my own tips on how to hygge).

I made this short little video to show how easy it is to put together this hot cocoa mix. Are you inspired? You’ll be so happy to have it ready when that next snowstorm (or monsoon, ice storm, soaking rain, sub-zero polar vortex) strikes… just add hot water or milk and relax for a while. You can’t do much until the weather clears anyway… why not enjoy it for a spell?


Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Total Time: 5 Minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chai tea latte mix
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

RECIPE DIRECTIONS:

1. Add all 5 ingredients to a pint-sized glass jar. Put the lid on tightly and shake everything until well combined.

Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

2. To serve, add 4-5 tablespoons to a heat-proof mug. Add 1 cup of steaming water, milk, or a combination of water and milk. Whisk until all of the powder is dissolved and enjoy!

How To Make Hot Cocoa Mix

Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe
Homemade Hot Cocoa

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

You can never go wrong with homemade hot cocoa mix in a jar. When the next snowstorm hits, don't be snowed in without this favorite cold weather staple. Learning how to make homemade hot chocolate is easy and you will know exactly what is in it, too… (no weird chemicals!) This homemade instant cocoa mix recipe uses only 5 ingredients, takes only 5 minutes to put together, and it can be stored for weeks. When you are ready for a mug, just add hot milk to a few heaping tablespoons and stir.
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 6 Mugs
Calories 90 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chai tea latte mix
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Add all 5 ingredients to a pint-sized glass jar. Put the lid on tightly and shake everything until well combined.
  • To serve, add 4-5 tablespoons to a heat-proof mug. Add 1 cup of steaming water, milk, or a combination of water and milk. Whisk until all of the powder is dissolved and enjoy!
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